Murray shows stomach for a fight

Last updated at 09:35 31 August 2005


Andy Murray overcame a bout of sickness to keep British hopes alive in this year's US Open.

While Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski crashed out in the opening round, teenage sensation Murray battled back valiantly to snatch a thrilling five-set victory at Flushing Meadows.

British number three Murray defeated Romania's Andrei Pavel 6-3 3-6 3-6 6-1 6-4 in a match lasting over three hours on the Grandstand court.

The 18-year-old Scot was leading 2-1 in the final set, with a break of serve, when he was sick on court and the resulting 21-minute delay seemed to revive Pavel who broke back immediately when the match resumed.

But Murray broke again in the vital seventh game as the umpire overruled a line call in the Scot's favour, then served out for victory to set up a second-round match with Frenchman Arnaud Clement, who had earlier beaten 20th-seeded Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero 7-5 7-5 6-1.

Murray admitted an energy drink had nearly ruined his chances as he told Radio Five Live: "I was a little bit tired at the beginning of the final set, so I started to drink it and always when I drink it I start to feel a little bit sick.

"I took too much and felt like I was going to burp, then yuk! It's very tough to go and hold your serve after taking a break as long as that but I got back on track."

Former world number 13 Pavel was gracious in defeat and full of praise for Murray.

The 31-year-old said: "Of the young generation there are a few guys that are playing very good - you should put Murray in with (French Open winner Rafael) Nadal I guess.

"He played a very good match and I couldn't get my rhythm going with his game. He played really smart, with a lot of slow balls that I don't like."

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